Some SC writing tests dropped in poor budget year

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - There won't be quite so many standardized tests for South Carolina students next year.

And not many people seem to be too upset about it.

Lawmakers this year decided to cut back on testing to save money and teachers' jobs.

Educators concede they would rather keep more teachers on the job than spend money on tests.

Pickens County Teacher of the Year Anita Looper says students get burned out on tests and teachers are sometimes so focused on the tests that they forget the children.

Looper does recognize that the end of the year tests to emphasize the importance of learning the material.

Even with the reduction in tests, education officials estimate as many as 2,500 teachers could lose their jobs in the coming school year.

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